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Anna Panagiotou
Unless this is the first time you have stumbled across this blog by accident, you might have come across the idea of “the Wiki”. This usually does not refer to The Big Wiki but to the Cynefin one, which is a labour of love by many in the community and an attempt to ensure openness, authenticity, and rigour […]
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Dave Snowden
The opening quote in the title is one of the best-known of Homer’s epithets, although in this case the picture does not include the wine dark sea but was instead is taken from our bedroom window early this morning.  Maybe it is rising through the bible black trees in this case, and in tribute to Dylan Thomas who […]
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Dave Snowden
Sometimes one of those viral images on Facebook is just too good not to promote and I love this one. It popped up when I was working in New York on the role of art in social change but even without that it would have caught my attention. A brief google search shows no clear […]
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Dave Snowden
Sometimes a little ambition is no bad thing, even if we start small. My post on Wednesday indicated that we were about there with an ambitious new programme on Meaning. This has been something that has been growing for some time as an idea, but the need has been accentuated by recent events on a […]
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Dave Snowden
Yesterday I started to talk about meaning, coupled with a minor rant about the growing body of people who talk about some collective view of narrative as something that can engineered. I’ll be talking more about meaning in posts over the coming months. Not a continuous series so I will try and remember to link […]
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Dave Snowden
Today is the festival of Epiphany, the end of the Christmas festivities and I spent it in Bangor working on several things including the new Cynefin Centre programme on meaning, or more properly the emergence of meaning in modern society followed by a dash to Birmingham and back for an early evening meeting. Fortunately Bangor […]
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